For 1,088 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,088 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The series... is pure formula, but it's a formula that works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    After each of the first two hours of "Kidnapped," you're eager to learn what happens next. In any TV series, that's a good sign. In a serialized drama, it's crucial - and "Kidnapped" makes it look easy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    As good a cast as you'll find anywhere on TV.... But in the end, the decisive question may be whether inner TV provides as much material as the inner White House.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Everyone in the pilot makes a solid first impression.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Eureka" is the sort of show that makes you want to see more of almost every supporting player - and, of course, of the show itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Even though "Ugly Betty" tends to go for very broad humor when subtlety would serve better, it is easily watchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "The Knights of Prosperity" has delivered this season where so many new shows have failed: It introduces a serialized story line with characters and a plot that are different and likable enough to warrant a return visit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's not surprising television writers would find television funny. It's gratifying they can make it funny for us, too.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A squirt of soap serves this show well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The only thing that could be disappointing about it is if TV Land doesn't immediately commit to make more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A very complex metaphysical mystery, the enjoyment of which comes, in no small part, from the surprises that spill out as it slowly unfurls.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Once you accept the quiet rhythms and deliberate pace of The Bronx Is Burning, though, it begins to pay off.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    While the crime itself is only moderately intriguing, its real function is to let viewers see what each of these women does, how they work together and how they talk to each other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Margulies is sufficiently skilled that she finds the parts of Elizabeth Canterbury we can like, and her internal struggle is what makes this more than just the latest lawyer show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Happily, viewers have less of a challenge in picking up the somewhat complex story line that continues from the "Terminator" movies. Newcomers won't be any more confused than they are by any time-travel adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This show is more entertaining than most unscripted series, but that praise doesn't raise the heat high enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Life doesn't squander the talents of its cast. The mysteries are solid, the characters multilayered, and Crews is given a bigger mystery about which to obsess--finding out who framed him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    If I sound too enthusiastic about a series that ends up, in the pilot, being a bit too obsessed with special effects, I apologize. The Devil made me do it. Or at least Ray Wise did
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The acting, led by Rhys Meyers, is solid. The costumes and production are good and the dialogue smooth, though one wonders if clergy in the 16th century really used the word "newfangled."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Gunn, a calming and classy fixture on Bravo's "Project Runway," has it--and that's why his new show for the same cable channel works.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Once we've all acknowledged there really was no need to remake "The Wizard of Oz" because the original creators did a pretty good job back in 1939, it's safe to admit that the way it's been handled in Tin Man, a new miniseries, is a lot of fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    High School Musical 2 is an inevitable, unstoppable juggernaut--so be grateful it's as good as it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This TV version not only has a distinct, appealing look, it also retains the radio show's sound and personality.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Many of its real-life characters display a lot of talent. They also are so transparent about their emotions, whether sincere or calculating, that their social interactions play more like a scripted soap on fast forward.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Anchorwoman turns out to be entertaining--even as it indicts the local TV news operation it pretends to value.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This show, and the world it reconstructs, gets much better, and more comfortable, as it goes along.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The women are the more critical characters, in any case, and Rashad, McDonald and Lathan give the show all the power it needs for its uncomfortable and frustrating yet in some ways hopeful ride through the life of a black family in 1950s Chicago.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    What we get is a young adult soap opera whose story is as old as drama itself, but which is smartly packaged to look like you'd get it by typing www, instead of pressing the "on" button.